QUINCY, Mass. (AP) – Stop & Shop is voluntarily recalling tuna salad because it could be contaminated with Listeria.

The supermarket chain says the recall covers pre-packaged 12 oz. containers of Stop & Shop Tuna Salad with a sell-by date of Aug. 19, as well as tuna salad sold at the service deli.

Customers can return the product to stores for full refund.

The company says no illnesses have been reported. The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can be fatal to the elderly, newborns and people with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages.

Home Made Food Brands of Newburyport, Mass., says the tuna salad was distributed to stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire and New Jersey.

Utah man knew of cousin’s ricin

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah man accused of failing to report that his cousin was making the deadly poison ricin has pleaded guilty to the felony charge.

Thomas Tholen entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City. Prosecutor John Huber recommended three years of probation. Sentencing was set for October.

His cousin, Roger Bergendorff, pleaded guilty last week to federal possession of a biological toxin and weapons charges.

Ron Paul’s wife in serious condition

HOUSTON (AP) – The wife of Republican Rep. Ron Paul was in serious but stable condition Monday at a Houston hospital, a spokesman for the congressman said.

Carol Paul was in the critical care unit at an unidentified hospital, spokesman Jesse Benton said in a statement.

Benton would not disclose why Carol Paul was admitted to the hospital Monday, only saying “she has had several abdominal surgeries.”

Paul “appreciates the outpouring of concern and good wishes during this difficult time,” Benton said.

FBI says NYC artworks stolen

NEW YORK (AP) – The FBI says artworks from a massive collection found in the New York home of a dead dealer were stolen in the 1960s and ’70s.

It says at least 20 works of art in William Kingsland’s collection were stolen, but it’s not sure if he had anything to do with it.

Investigators were notified after two auction houses began to sell off the collection. They say a stolen bust by Alberto Giacometti is valued at about $1 million.

The FBI has posted many of the works online so people can possibly claim them.

After Kingsland died in 2006, two movers hired to transport the collection to a warehouse made off with two Pablo Picasso paintings. The movers were caught, and the paintings were returned.

Churches to close in Massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The Roman Catholic diocese of Springfield says 11 churches in western Massachusetts will be closed or consolidated by year’s end.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell acknowledged Monday the closings will be painful for many parishioners, but says the changes will also bring a new vitality to the diocese.

In North Adams, three existing parishes will be merged into one new parish.

In the towns of South Deerfield and in Great Barrington, two existing churches will be merged into a single parish.

The diocese says churches will also be closed in Adams, Agawam, Lanesborough, Millers Falls and West Springfield.

The diocese is expected to announce further consolidation next year.

Officials say the cuts are necessary because of continuing financial challenges and declining attendance at Mass.


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